Writers' Resources

From Glimmer Train: Writers Ask

Writers Ask is an inexpensive, no-frills, topic-centered quarterly for writers who are serious about creating meaningful literary fiction. This publication is packed with the wisdom and perspectives of accomplished authors, many of whom teach in creative writing programs around the country. Only $22/year including US delivery. For more information on subscribing, click here.


Free Expressions News and Events

Write Line is a monthly newsletter from Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services in Hood River Oregon. Learn news about upcoming Free Expressions events, articles about the craft of writing, and client releases. For more information, visit their website.


Glimmer Train

Short-story writers who are just ready to break out make Glimmer Train Stories what it is. Because of you, we have the honor of presenting some of the very best new literary fiction you'll find anywhere.

Glimmer Train, one of the most highly regarded short-story magazines in print, is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, Best American Mystery Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, and Best American Short Stories.



Grammarly Handbook

This online handbook by Grammarly is a very useful reference tool for grammar, punctuation, mechanics, sentence styles and beyond.

The Writers Connection

Writers ConnectionThe Writers Connection assists emerging writers as well as those who've tasted success. Please see our Writer Resources listed below.   We also publish a newsletter in which we've interviewed Elizabeth George, Erik Larson, David Guterson, Debbie Macomber, Theo Nestor, Garth Stein, Susan Rich, and more, about their author's journey.      

The Writers Connection originally linked writers in Gig Harbor, but we now reach to those beyond our community. We've hosted a community party; a conference; co-hosted Gig Harbor's Open Mic.; sponsored workshops. We offer classes and edit fiction and non-fiction works in Gig Harbor. Check our fun and informative Facebook page, Gig Harbor - Kitsap Writers Connection!
TACOMA or GIG HARBOR: Would you like to join a writer’s critique group in Tacoma or Gig Harbor? Writers Connection will connect you with fellow writer trying to create writers groups. Please contact us at .

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Seattle Public Library Podcasts

Each year the Seattle Public Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may listen to many of these programs by subscribing to the iTunes Music Store. 

Podcast Programs

 Books in Common: A Literary Events Consultancy

Our goal at Books In Common to help cities, schools, communities, and literary programs create events that appeal to the most diverse audience possible. We support efforts to develop a common good, where people can share a literary experience that transcends our differences.

Books In Common is an independent clearinghouse supporting Community Reads, All Campus Reads, Freshman Class Reading Programs, literary festivals, writers workshops, and more. Let us help you with your next literary event. For programming and speaking engagements, contact us at our website here, or at (541) 318-6288  or

One Look Reverse Dictionary

This resource lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word. In most cases you'll get back a list of related terms with the best matches shown first. onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

Poets & Writers

P&W has provided information, support, and guidance for creative writers since 1970. "Tools for Writers” provides staff-reviewed and compiled resources helpful to writers. These include databases of creative writing contests and grants for writers, MFA programs, literary journals, and more. pw.org

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab –  OWL

This well-respected, commercial-free resource for writers will help you use correct grammar in your writing. OWL is recommended by faculty at UC Berkeley's online editing certificate program. owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/5

Spelling-Grammar-Punctuation Mistakes

Here's a primer on the most common spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes (and how you can avoid making them. 

Spelling Rules

31 spelling rules taught in the Logic of English curriculum. 

University of Washington’s Writing, Editing, and Publishing Program

A streamlined link for information on all of UW’s Writing, Editing, and Publishing programs. A good resource for those students interested in the literary arts, but who may not yet know which program is the best fit for them. pce.uw.edu/certificates/writing

Your Dictionary – Grammar

Your Dictionary's collection of articles on grammar rules and usage is easy to use. Quick clicks give you access to specialty definitions, sentence examples, quotes, and more. grammar.yourdictionary.com

Writing Advice From Neil Gaiman To Help You Finish Writing Your Own Bestseller

Neil Gaiman has received an almost countless number of awards for his short stories, novels, comic books, and graphic novels. The only thing more impressive than his resume is his books themselves. From The Sandman to The Graveyard Book, American Gods to Coraline, Gaiman's books are overflowing with imagination, unforgettable characters, and superb writing. How does he do it? Look here.

28 Underused Words You Really Need To Start Using

 From absquatulate to vituperative. Perfect to impress the hell out of your editor (or at least your barista). Thanks to Dan Dalton at BuzzFeed for these.